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Ministry Fair September 28 & 29, 2013

A Catholic Faith Community Since 1908

October 13, 2013
SUNDAYS: Sat. 5:30 pm (Vigil), 7:30 am, 10 am & 12 N WEEKDAYS: Mon., Tues., Fri, and Sat. 8 am (Wed. & Thurs. 8 am Communion Service) HOLY DAYS: (eve of) 5:30 pm; (day of) 8 am & 6:30 pm

(Confession) Saturdays 4-5 pm or by appointment DEVOTIONS Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Saturday 7:50 am ADORATION First Friday 8:30 am5 pm, Rectory Oratory

Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V.F.Pastor Deacon Manuel Valencia Deacon John Hull 318 North Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre Mailing Address: 50 East Alegria Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024 Phone: 626/355-1292 FAX: 626/355-2290


How to Contact Us
Msgr. Richard Krekelberg, V. F.Pastor
626.355.1292 x. 228 Dcn. Manuel & Chela Valencia 355.1292 Dcn. John 355.1292 Weekend Presider: 10 am MassFr. Chris Thiel, OFM Capuchin Parish Office/Mailing Address 50 East Alegria Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am to 6pm; Sat. 9 am to 1 pm. Office Email: Director of Administration Pastoral Council
Parish Office: 355.1292 Mary Lou Butler: 355.1292

Parish Ministries and Organizations

Liturgy & Worship
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: David & Jill Muhs 355.9810 Altar Servers, Youth: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302 Altar Servers, Adult: Bill Cosso 355.5656 Eucharistic Adoration: Kathy Ganino 626.398.9302 Rosary Prayer Group: Susan Day 355-3835 Sacristans: Sat. Vigil: Gary Fidone/Bill & Patti Huber Sunday Masses: 7:30-Bill Cosso/David Banis; 10:00-David Muhs; 12N-Bernie Grace Weekdays: John Bigley, Margaret Duran Porter: (Evening Church Lockup) Sheila Palazzolo Environment: Denise Villalovos/Gil Lazo 355.1292

Ministries & Organizations

Bereavement Ministry: 355.1292 Christian Family: Sheila Pierce 355.8332 Greeters & Ushers: Erny Henry 626.289.3504 626.446.6715 Mens Club: Nick Sotis: 358-2495 New Members/Welcome: Contact the Parish Office St. Rita Guild: Patty Sullivan 355.3707 Senior Ministry: Marilyn McKernan, Shawl Ministry: Mary Taillac 355.3179 Marilyn Delgatto 355.8717

Finance Council Chair

Bill Sullivan: 355.3707

St. Rita SchoolOffice: 626.355.6114 Director of Liturgy & Music

Paul Puccinelli:

Principal: Joanne Harabedian

Other Contacts
Archivist: Marilyn McKernan Bulletin Submissions: or drop off at Office Public Relations: Registration Information: 355.1292 Webmaster: Ralph Seymour:

Director of Religious Education

Cristina Cullen: 355.3841

Director of Youth Ministry/Confirmation

Theresa Bui Costanzo: 626.590.8828

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Team: Deacon Manuel and Chela Valencia; Susan Blakeslee:

Let Saint Rita Be There For You . . .

Communion for Sick and Homebound Parishioners
St. Rita ministers provide Communion home visits. Contact the Parish Office 355.1292 or Jill Muhs 355.9810

For Information about the Sacraments

Baptismal Preparation for parents and godparents: 7 8:30 pm the last Monday of the month. Call for Reservations. Baptisms are usually the first Sunday of the month.

Anointing of the Sick

Please notify us (355.1292) as early as possible for the Anointing of the Sick, the sacrament intended for the seriously ill or dying. It is Our Lords special presence and companionship in serious time of need. Anointing may take place in the home, at the hospital or elsewhere and as often as once a month. If someone should die without anointing, remember that the desire to receive is sufficient and the Lord cares!

Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Preparation for children who have attained the age of reason (usually during 2nd grade) is arranged either through the Office of Religious Education or St. Rita Elementary School.


If You Should Experience the Loss of a Loved One

Please call us at 355.1292 If you feel you will be in need, or your loved one has passed, we will assist in making arrangements with your chosen funeral directors; refer you to our liturgy and music directors; and offer you helpful guidelines and a book that will aid in the selection of readings for the Mass or Memorial Service. Areas we can help you with prior to the passing may help in the planning of funeral services. We know that this can be a tough time and we want you to know that your parish is there for you. PLEASE UNDERSTAND we only have one resident priest; sometimes arrangements for another priest may be needed.

Contact the Parish Office upon engagement; at least six months is needed for preparation of this joyous sacrament!

A two-year program for freshman/sophomore age teens. Apply through the Office of Religious Education.

NOTE: Adult applicants for the sacraments should contact the Parish Office.

Anointing of the Sick See adjoining column.




Dear Parishioners,
In todays Gospel proclamation we are told that only one of the ten lepers returned to Jesus to offer praise and thanks to God for his cure, which caused Jesus to ask:

Where are the other nine?

Every time I hear this account, my reaction is embarrassment. But why? This happened over 2000 years ago, and yet I feel somehow ashamed and embarrassed as if it had just happened. I wonder if it is because of the way I was raised; you know, the voice of your parent, Did you remember to say thank you?especially to Jesus! I think we would all like to believe that we would be the one who returned with thanks and praise; but dont you just have a twinge of concern or fear that you might have rather easily been one of those nine others who became caught up in themselves and their incredible good fortune that any thought of thanksgiving just seemed to evaporate? Lately I have come to associate thanksgiving with forgiveness. At first it does not seem to be such an immediate connection. However, if you think about it, both actsthanking or forgivingreward the one who thanks and the one who forgives. Both acts are even known to improve ones health. St. Paul instructs his readers, Dedicate yourself to thankfulness. Why? Because thankfulness to Godfor the day, for a friend, for an answer to prayer, is part of being in a real relationship with God and part of living the reign of God now, on Earth. Thankfulness is part of an at peace disposition, part of human happiness. Forgiveness likewise rewards the one who forgives. With a sigh of relief, one who has forgiven is able to then move onget on with life instead of being a prisoner to hate and resentment, or (God forbid!) prisoner to years of ill health generated by all the energy spent and abiding negativity required to hold a grudge. Imagine, No, I dont have forgiveness in my heart. I have grudginessyoull also probably have an ulcer or shingles before its over. And then one has to ask, if possessed in spitefulness, how far has my heart wandered from being dedicated to thankfulness? So what did happen to those other nine lepers? Well never know. We do know, however, the joy and happiness of the one who returned to thank the Lord. We know that his relationship to Jesus deepened and produced even greater rewards. Not a bad thought seeing as how the supermarkets are already putting out the stuffing mix for THANKSGIVING.

with deepest gratitude for all of you, Msgr. Richard



8:00 AM 5:30 PM



Leah Greteman INT Gerald Krekelberg INT

7:30 AM Urial Quintana INT 10:00 AM Debra Ann Williamson INT 12 NOON For All Parishioners

8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM 5:30 PM


Joanna Singleton RIP

Isabel L. Lopez, Arthur Contreras, Jr., Robert Quinonez, Richard Krier, Lorraine Pikul, Leah Greteman, Patrick Cronin, Patsy Starkey, Margaret Duran, Zhou Le, Mu Song, Jody Williams, Gabriella Reyes, Ashley Biely, Jean Mansour, Celia Merritt, Denis Keegan, Jacob Bigley, Gerald Krekelberg, Cathy Fiore, Madelyn Shaull, Dorothy Van Gorden, John J. McCoy, Diane Ridley, Richard Forcione, Maria Carmen Marti, Dennis & Clare Marquardt, Rosemary Fryzm, JoAnn E. Douglass, Kathleen Ramsey, Tonyja Blakeslee, Addie Marshall, Jackie Bagnuolo, Mary Ellen Isoard, Tim Stanley, Antoinette Wassef, Theresa Morcos, Aspet Herapetian, Rose Mary Taquino, Selma Tuffs, David Duran, Paul Viger, Julie Meyer, Zdenka Czerny, Cliff Hancuff, Wendy Wolf Fadel, Hal Finney, Ailey Gardner-Ybarra, Cathy Hundshamer, Eva Bernejo, Laurie Larkin Masella, Edith Olah, Matteo Begnoche, Lancelot Loera, Fred Mycroft, Brian Eck, Alex Arranaga, Anna Mary Hession, Joseph Moore.



Charlotte Hancuff RIP


Communion Service Communion Service William Storum RIP

Opportunities for Spiritual Growth

Tuesday, October 15 Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) 7:30 pm Parish Office Meeting Room Thursday, October 17 Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer 5 pm Music & Meditation 5:30 pm Prayer Oratory in the Parish Office Spend some mid-week time with Our Lord. Thursday, October 17 Bible Study 7 pm Parish Office Meeting Room Become more familiar with Jesus Word. the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are screened for their ability to work safely with children, are provided information and training to help them recognize and deal with issue of child sexual abuse, and are offered guidance and instruction on appropriate professional conduct with students. Did You Know? Bullying is a form of abuse and therefore is forbidden in our Catholic schools. Bullying typically consists of direct behaviors, such as teasing, threatening, hitting, etc. But it might also be indirect, such as spreading rumors that cause victims to be socially isolated. Cyberbullying, which is the use of the Internet or cell phones to send inappropriate messages and images to or about others is also not tolerated. If you suspect bullying, please contact the School Principal or


Walfrido Berendia INT For All Parishioners

7:30 AM Urial Quintana INT 10:00 AM Joanna Singleton RIP 12 NOON George Figueroa RIP

Monday, October 14 Tuesday, October 15
St. Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque St. Callistus I St Teresa of Jesus

Wednesday, October 16 Thursday, October 17

St. Ignatius of Antioch

Did You Know? All Catholic School Personnel in

Friday, October 18
St. Luke

First ReadingNaaman, cleansed from his leprosy, returns gratefully to Elisha (2 Kings 5:14-17). PsalmThe Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power (Psalm 298). Second ReadingIf we have died with Christ we shall also live with Christ (2 Timothy 2:8-13). GospelTen lepers are healed by Jesus, but only one, a Samaritan, returns to give him thanks (Luke 17:11-19).


St. Rita Catholic School

Edge GatheringOctober 14, 4 pm, Gara Youth NiteOctober 23, 7 pm, OMalley Year 1 ConfirmationSat., October 19, 4 pm, Gara Youth MassSat., October 19, 5:30 pm Theresa Costanzo

91 Years of Faith, Excellence, and Stewardship

Harvest Festival tickets on sale

this weekend after all Masses! Harvest Fest Weekend, October 18-20, 2013
Friday, 6-10 pm, Beer, Brats & $1 Bingo
Join the fun in OMalley Hall!

St. Rita Guild Communion Breakfast Sunday, October 27

Plan to attend the 10 am Mass as a group and then go downstairs to OMalley Hall for breakfast and to listen to our guest speaker, Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Her topic: When Someone You Love is Suffering For information: Patty Sullivan 355-3707

Please read the flyer in this weeks Bulletin.

Live auction at 7 PM featuring tickets to The Tonight Show; a tailgating basket including two tickets to the 100th Rose Bowl; a family getaway for 5 nights in Lake Tahoe; Orchestra seating for the Broadway smash The Lion King; and more! Silent auction items include sporting events tickets, jewelry, artworks, fitness and beauty certificates, baskets from your favorite retail stores and restaurants, and much more!

Saturday, 12:30-9:30 pm, Rides, Games, Food & More!

Its not too late to help out

Liturgical Environment Committee We decorate the Church to reflect the liturgical seasons and special celebrations throughout the year. This involves the interior of the Church and sometimes the exterior, depending upon the season and occasion. Please consider lending your time and talents. We are in special need of people who Denise Villalovos 626/222-0936
The Harvest Festival General Store would greatly appreciate donations. For more information, please contact Edie Gardner 626/599-1778 The Harvest Festival Auction Committee is accepting

donations for the Silent and Live Auctions. Please contact School Office 355-6114

Sheryl Sanchez 808-7863

can help with sewing.

Special Collections for the Month of October

This special collection is to help pay our utilities and other routine supplies or repairs for the Church, the Parish Office, or the Halls. Mark your check or envelope For Maintenance and your donation will remain at St. Rita. Sunday, October 20World Mission Sunday, the Annual Appeal for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith to help spread the Word of God.

This Sunday, October 13Maintenance & Repairs.

St. Rita Mens Club

Sunday on the Greens Annual Golf Tournament Sunday, October 20

Tim OConnor 355-5053 Bill Sullivan 355-3707 (or at The Bottle Shop) Bruce Berra 213/446-1987 Deadline for Bulletin articles is Thursday, 10 days before desired publication date. or bring to the Parish Office. Read our Bulletin online at

Give us something good to eat!

Once again, we ask your help in providing goodies for the hordes of goblins and ghouls who invade Alegria on Halloween. While youre shopping in the next few weeks, please pick up a bag or two of candy to help! Donations may be dropped off at the Parish Office or in the box provided in the Vestibule. Wrapped candies or treats only please. Thank you!


This Week at St. Rita

This WeekendHarvest Festival tickets on sale after all the Masses See page 5 for more information. Tuesday, October 15RCIA 7:30 pm Parish Office Meeting Room Thursday, October 17Liturgy of the Hours Evening Prayer 5 pm Music & Meditation 5:30 Group Prayer
In the Parish Office Oratory

Ministry Fair A Great Success!

Congratulations to all for the wonderful displays at our 2013-14 Ministry Fair. There were many creative, beautiful and inspiring displays that again made it very difficult to choose a winner. However, the votes are tallied; the results are in AND WE HAVE TWO WINNERS. Our winners are: Art and Environment for the beauty of their display and Holy Housekeepers for creativity and humor. Each of these ministries will receive $50 to be used for their good work.

Thursday, October 17Bible Study

7 pm Parish Office Meeting Room

Again, thank you to all who participated!

Friday, October 18Beer, Brats & Bingo

6 - 10 pm OMalley

Mary Lou Butler & Msgr. Richard

Saturday, October 19Harvest Festival

12:30 - 9:30 pm West Campus

2013 Poster Winners St. Rita Ministry Fair

Save the Date

Sunday, October 20Harvest Festival Plant Sale
After all the Sunday Masses outside of Church.

Catholic Community
Late Night Catechism, Sunday, October 27, 3 pm. The off-Broadway show comes to Ss. Felicitas & Perpetua, 1190 Palomar Rd., San Marino, 91108. Tickets: $35/person. Benefits the Pregnancy Help Center of SGV and Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart. Info: Cheryl Alberg 287-2831 Reservations/information: 626/289-1353 x 200 Early Childhood Fall Faith Formation Specialization, Saturdays, November 2, 9, & 16 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. This certification series is a must for those who work with pre-school aged children as Catechists or teachers. Also recommended for primary grade religious formation Catechists. This series will not be offered again locally for at least 18 months. Attendance at this series counts toward the Basic Catechist Faith Formation Certificate. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pasadena. Info: Jan Pedroza 562/637-7352

Sunday, October 20Mens Club Golf Tournament

See page 5 for more information.

Sunday, October 27St. Rita Guild Communion Breakfast

See page 5 and flyer insert in this Bulletin for more information.


M I N I S T R Y F A I R 2013